Pilgrims: Key Terms

Updated: 10/28/2020
Pilgrims: Key Terms
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Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony

Teacher Guide by Lauren Ayube

In 1620, the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock and settled on land that was occupied by the Wampanoag people. Their journey was long, and adapting to the new land was extremely difficult, especially during the brutal winter. With the help of Squanto, an English speaking Wampanoag, the Pilgrims learned how to plant corn, hunt, and fish. In November of 1621, the Pilgrims invited some of the Wampanoag to share a feast, which would later become known as The First Thanksgiving.


Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony

Storyboard Description

Create a spider map to illustrate key vocabulary terms for the Pilgrims and their journey to Plymouth.

Storyboard Text

  • PILGRIMS
  • MAYFLOWER COMPACT
  • In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.
  • WAMPANOAGS
  • The Pilgrims were a group of English people who traveled from England in search of religious freedom. They landed on Plymouth Rock in late 1620.
  • The Mayflower Compact is a set of rules written and agreed upon by the Pilgrims on how to live fairly in their new colony.
  • The Wampanoags were the original natives of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They made peace with the Pilgrims and helped them thrive in Plymouth.
  • FIRST THANKSGIVING
  • Pilgrims Vocabulary
  • SQUANTO
  • I was able to help the Pilgrims because I spoke English!
  • After their first successful harvest, the Pilgrims invited the Wampanoag people to a grand feast to celebrate. This later became known as the "First Thanksgiving".
  • Squanto was the Wampanoag tribe member who helped the Pilgrims learn to fish, hunt, plant corn, and survive the winter.